3 Ways to Celebrate St David’s Day 2012

Looking for a way to celebrate St David’s Day tomorrow in West Wales? Here are just three of the many events planned to mark St David’s Day on 1 March 2012.

The St David’s Day celebrations will start in St Davids itself, the smallest city in Britain, at St David’s Stone, Oriel y Parc. This stone has been inscribed by a verse by former Archdruid James Nicholas. The verse is a ‘Pilgrim’s Prayer’ translated into English by the poet as:

St Davids Cathedral & Bishop's Palace

‘O God, You gave to St Davids a light which to us is a mystery;
in Your turn, O grant her a dream for Tomorrow.’

Hopefully the sun will be shining on the morning, when a shaft of sunlight will pierce the hole in the centre of the stone.

From here the St David’s Day procession will make its way to Cross Square where the pealing of bells will ring out prior to the Blessing by the Bishop,  then on to the Cathedral for the 12.30 pm Choral Eucharist.

Between 2 pm and 5 pm there will be open-air celebrations at Oriel y Parc and also a traditional Welsh Fair, with stalls of local crafts and goods, in the City Hall – something for everyone!  This special day of celebration finishes with Choral Evensong in the Cathedral at 6pm.

Away from Pembrokeshire to Carmarthenshire where there is free admission on St David’s Day to the National Botanic Garden of Wales.  Here you will find a special musical theme running throughout the day in the Great Glasshouse.  Visitors are invited to bring their musical instruments along, no matter how well or badly they play!

Note the 'pineapple' on top of the roof!

This is the launch of a special Welsh music-making project to encourage people to learn Welsh folk songs and dancing.  There is a free ‘taster’ session open to all, when players will learn a few tunes by ear.  Singers, players and just ‘listeners’ are all welcome!

Even if you don’t wish to take part, there will be rousing singing from Cardigan Male Voice Choir, beautiful harp playing and lively duo ‘Fiddlebox’ on accordion and fiddle!

There will also be the opportunity to watch wood-turning and love-spoon carving as craftsmen create original and beautiful gifts for St David’s Day.

If you would rather spend the day more quietly,  pop along to Aberglasney for their Daffodil Festival which begins on St David’s Day and runs until the end of March.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to see for the first year the flowering of the Narcissus Walk.  Last autumn the gardeners planted over 20,000 bulbs to create this wonderful display. 

Walk amongst the drifts of delicate flowers and enjoy the sweet scent of this beautiful national flower.  There are also carpets of Crocus, Scilla and Fritillaries – an opportunity to welcome in spring… and St David’s Day.

So, there are just three ideas of things to do tomorrow. How will you celebrate St David’s Day this year?

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